Amanda Serrano-Katie Taylor presser: Jake Paul takes backseat

Even Jake Paul knew he wasn’t the star of this show.

On Wednesday, Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor – two of the biggest names in women’s boxing – came face to face for a pre-fight press conference before their April 30 fight at Madison Square Garden.

While Paul is a magnet for the spotlight, it was Serrano who stole the show in leather pants and a new pair of black, white and gold Jordans — a style chapter of hers, she told The Post last December.

Paul, who is 5-0 in his brief professional boxing career, was at the press conference to promote Serrano, who signed with his management company Most Valuable Promotions and BAVAFA Sports last September.

Taylor, who was joined by her promoter Eddie Hearn, will defend her undisputed lightweight title against multiple world champion Serrano in what is being teased as the biggest fight in women’s boxing history.

For someone who received “undisputed” chants and has a reputation for her fast-paced aggressive boxing style, Taylor seemed timid while dressed in a white blouse, dark pants, and a pair of flats.

However, the undefeated world champion was all smiles and said she felt “thankful” to be in “boxing’s mecca” at MSG.

Taylor is known for her advocacy of women’s boxing in her native Ireland, which Serrano praised during the press conference.

Serrano also noted that the press conference fell on National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

After Serrano and Taylor had their first face-off, followed by a playful look between Paul and Hearn, the group received custom New York Knicks and Rangers jerseys at the press conference.

The highly anticipated Serrano-Taylor fight is expected to change the landscape of female boxing, with a payday that Paul described as “historic.”

“I’ll prove I’m the best pound-for-pound fighter,” Serrano told The Post — joking that she’s been looking at houses as she cashes in on the seven-figure rumours. “My fists will do the talking.”

The internet sensation, Paul has completely shifted his focus to championing women’s boxing and financial “equality” for female fighters.

Paul’s advisor Nakisa Bidarian, who founded MVP in early 2020, also attended the press conference and said Paul will wait to fight until later this year to promote Serrano.

The Latina, Serrano is 42-1-1 (30 KOs). Her only loss came in April 2012 by unanimous decision to Frida Wallberg. Since then, she has won 28 consecutive fights.

Serrano last fought in December when she defeated Miriam Gutteriez in a unanimous 10-round decision.

Serrano plans to split her training ahead of the fight between her Brooklyn gym and her native Puerto Rico, where Paul has given her VIP access to his gym.

Taylor has a record of 20-0 (6 KOs). She was victorious in December when she defeated Firuza Sharipova by unanimous decision.

Since then, she’s been eyeing a fight with Serrano.

“There’s no easy way out of things,” Taylor said. “I saw she was the professional fighter so I want to go pound-for-pound with her,”

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